Canada in the Second World War


Witnesses to History

During the Second World War, these Canadians fought in Sicily, in Italy, in Normandy, during the campaign of North East Europe or elsewhere. Some lost their lives fighting, while others made it back home where they raised a family and took part in forging Canada today. Sometimes told by their children or grandchildren, their personal histories act as a complement to official history told here.

Adrien Boivin

Identity Adrien BOIVIN (Joseph Marcellin Adrien) Born March 30, 1923 in Kenogami, Quebec Son of Marcellin Boivin and Marie-Jeanne Tremblay Married to Lucille Bilodeau from Quebec Father of Catherine and Louise Known Norman origins Paternal: Pierre Boivin, son of Pierre...

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Albert Wilson Kennedy

Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Albert Wilson Kennedy (Al Kennedy) was born on July 31, 1923, in Greenock Scotland. Al moved with his family to Canada, at the age of 9 months. His family settled in Mimico, Ontario. Al Kennedy...

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Dorothy Irene Mulholland

Surname: MULHOLLAND Given name: Dorothy Irene Nationality: Canadian Date of Birth: January 5, 1915 Place of Birth: Grimsby, Ontario, Canada Rank: Nursing Sister, F/O Corps:.No. 2 Mobile Field Unit BEFORE THE WAR Dorothy Irene Mulholland was born on January 5, 1915,...

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Frank Battershill

Frank Battershill was born on June 26, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba On June 6, 1944, Frank Battershill was a lieutenant commanding N°7 Platoon, “A” Company, Royal Winnipeg Rifles who landed on the extreme right (western) flank of Courseulles. His platoon...

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Georges Isabelle

Identity Georges ISABELLE (Georges-Marie) Born August 9, 1922 at Cap-Chat, Quebec Died on April 23, 2013 Son of Samuel Isabelle and Marie Lavoie Married to Marie-Paule Breton on September 2, 1946 (Deceased October 19, 2003) – Companion of Chantal Soucy...

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Louis-Philippe Leblanc

Louis-Philippe Leblanc was born on September 26, 1917, in Ville St Laurent, Québec. He deceased on December 16, 2002. Louis-Philippe LeBlanc volunteered for the Canadian army in 1942. He was assigned to the Royal 22nd Regiment and then transferred to...

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Wilfred Gordon Harris

Gord, as he was known, was born in Caledon, Ontario, on August 12, 1920. He was the son of William Henry Harris and Bertha (née: Moynes). He had two brothers, Wilson and Jim; and three sisters, Hilda, Betty and Dorothy. Gord’s mother died in 1938 at the age of 46 years, when the youngest child, Dorothy, was three years of age.

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